Most births at the St. John Center for Women’s Health go smoothly, with mom and baby going home after a day or two. But when a pregnancy is high-risk or complications arise during or after delivery, we offer the region’s finest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
A neonatologist and a team of NICU nurses and staff are in the unit 24 hours a day caring for the needs of premature and special needs babies. The St. John Center for Women’s Health offers the only NICU in Oklahoma with all private rooms — one of the first 25 such facilities in the United States. Our staff is the first in the state to implement the Wee Care Integrated Developmental Care Program, which focuses on family-centered care that fosters the parent-child relationship.
The NICU’s all-private rooms enable families to stay by their baby's bedside 24/7. It also allows for parents to discuss their baby’s condition and medical treatments in the privacy of their child’s own room. Our state-of-the-art communication devices allow our nurses to continuously monitor babies, even if they are not in the room.
Because premature or sick babies need different levels of stimulation for their development, St. John implemented a variable light and sound system that can be changed for each baby’s developmental stage. The system keeps babies from over-stimulation, letting them grow and get better at a faster rate.
We know that having a child in the NICU is a frightening experience with many unknowns. Rest assured that your baby is being cared for by highly skilled nurses who have specialized tranining to care for the tiniest of our patients. And because your baby is at St. John, all the resources of a full service hospital are available at all times.